Guinea junta suspends membership in regional development group
The country's junta on Tuesday said it pulled out of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River due to 'concerns and strategic interests of Guinea's participation' in the West African development group 'not always been taken into account'.
CONAKRY, Guinea - Guinea suspended its membership in a West African development group, the country's junta said Tuesday.
The junta said it had pulled out of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS), which has implemented several hydro-agricultural and electricity projects in West Africa.
"The highest Guinean authorities have noted with regret that the concerns and strategic interests of Guinea's participation in the OMVS have not always been taken into account," the junta said in a statement.
The junta added that a "considerable delay" in securing financing for the Koukoutamba hydroelectric dam and an "under-representation" in the bloc's top bodies had led to its decision to leave.
Guinea became the fourth member of the OMVS in 2006, joining Senegal, Mali and Mauritania.
The country has been ruled since 2021 by a junta that seized power in a putsch.
Under international pressure, the junta agreed to hand over the government to elected civilians by the end of 2024.